The Science Fiction Album Box Set

Composer: Various
Silva Screen
RRP £13.99
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Another collection album! "Oh! No!" I hear you cry. Usually these things hit the bargain bin in six weeks and are generally recorded by the Davey Love Orchestra. But once you see the Silva Screen logo you know that this has a fighting chance.

Silva Screen do not disappoint. For £14 you get four CDs that contain classic tracks from some of the great and some not so great sci-fi movies from 2001: A Space Odyssey to A.I. There are plenty of Star Wars and Star Trek tracks to keep sci-fi fans happy who are worried that they might be fobbed off with the well worn themes.

There are also a handful of sound effects thrown in for good measure. One annoying thing though is the fact that the back of the CD box doesn't list exactly what the track is. For example on disc four it simply labels both tracks and 6 & 7 as The Empire Strikes Back and there are two Star Trek: Deep Space Nine tracks - one is the theme and the other is a moving section from The Visitor.

The sound quality is pretty impressive and, while the majority are not the original recordings I have a vast collection of soundtracks and I couldn't tell the difference for the most part.

If you were going to make your own compilation of Science Fiction music then you would probably come close to Silva Screen's collection. An essential purchase for those that are not serious enough about soundtracks to purchase full movie scores, but interested in dipping in and out of some of the industry's best scores.

Amber Leigh


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